The five whys

Chapter 20

Five whys is an iterative interrogative technique, pioneered by Sakichi Toyoda of Toyota, used to explore the cause-and-effect relationships underlying a particular problem. The primary goal of the technique is to determine the root cause of a defect or problem by repeating the question “Why?” five times, each time directing the current “why” to the answer of the previous “why”. The method asserts that the answer to the fifth “why” asked in this manner should reveal the root cause of the problem.

Acts 2; 1-2
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.

1. Why do we need Pentecost to be repeated in our daily lives?
Because Pentecost represents the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples, empowering them for ministry and service.

2. Why do we need the empowerment of the Holy Spirit daily?
Because our daily lives are filled with challenges, temptations, and opportunities to serve others, we need the guidance, strength, and wisdom of the Holy Spirit to navigate them effectively.

3. Why do we need guidance, strength, and wisdom daily?
Because we are fallible human beings prone to mistakes, weaknesses, and uncertainties, we require divine assistance to live according to God’s will and purpose.

4. Why do we need to live according to God’s will and purpose?
Because God’s will and purpose for our lives bring fulfilment, joy, and alignment with His plan for the world, leading to our flourishing and the flourishing of others.

5. Why is our flourishing and alignment with God’s plan essential?
Ultimately, our purpose as human beings is to glorify God and participate in His redemptive work in the world, which requires ongoing transformation and empowerment by the Holy Spirit.

So, in summary, Pentecost needs to be repeated in our daily lives because we continually need the empowerment, guidance, and transformation of the Holy Spirit to fulfil our purpose and align ourselves with God’s will in a world filled with challenges and opportunities.

Acts 2. 3-4 and 11 -12. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Both Jews, Cretans and Arabs we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

Wishing you this empowerment in your daily lives, but also the ability to continue to ask the whys looking for root causes in your lives.


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